Elephants are culturally important across the globe
The barristers removed their wigs and gowns, the judge presided over the hearing in a suit and the usual wood-panelled backdrop was replaced with a conference suite when the High Court moved to a luxury London hotel yesterday.
Event aimed at highlighting peaceful roots of symbol but anti racism campaigners have condemned the move
Politicians accused of inflaming tensions after Muslims flee homes in Uttar Pradesh
Police in northern India are investigating the role of six politicians they believe may have been responsible for inciting violence between members of different religious communities that has left at least 28 people dead.
A hard-hitting campaign depicting Hindu goddesses as victims of domestic violence has been launched by a charity in India.
Artist says work is a reaction against the former symbol of oppression
Paramilitary soldiers have recovered 20 bodies from a steep hillside in northern India where a rescue helicopter crashed while attempting to evacuate people stranded in monsoon floods, the country's air force chief said.
The death toll following another 24 hours of severe flooding in northern India has risen to more than 70, according to local media reports.
Main opposition party announces country's most polarising politician will lead its election campaign – setting Modi up for a show-down with Rahul Gandhi
One of the main attractions of this year’s Brighton Festival is a night-time traipse around Preston Manor, a gorgeous historic house in the suburbs which was bequeathed to the city by the Stanford family in 1932.
Alban Berg’s Lulu is a great opera, and greatly problematic.
The latest instalment of our "Big Questions" series was answered by the author Jared Diamond, who released the influential Guns, Germs and Steel in 1997, and whose new book, The World Until Yesterday, has just been published. A section from Diamond's latest offering addresses an old topic - why do so many supernatural beliefs persist in religion? - and has been excerpted in left wing online magazine Salon, with the provocative title "It's irrational to be religious". Intrigued?
The Independent picture desk selects the best images from India's Maha Kumbh Mela festival
Erika Menendez, is alleged to have caused the death of Sunando Sen by pushing him in front of a train in Queens on Thursday night. It is the second such incident in New York this month